February 8th, 2015
I am racking my brain this morning trying to figure out some settings on my new camera and was hoping you could easily answer this for me as I’ve spent a few hours on my own frustrated. So I currently shoot with a Canon 70D which I’ve loved but decided to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark iii. On the 70D my settings are: one shot autofocus, 19 point autofocus mode, evaluative metering, I shoot in AV, bracket out 7 pics. So with the 5D I cannot figure out what to set my autofocus point to as there seems to be a hell of alot of options! I don’t know if I should do the 61 points or 15 points? I don’t know what to chose in the “Select AF area select mode.” I was thinking 61 Pt., but I know alot of re photographers do spot AF. I never have with my 70D, but this camera is so different to me. Any other AF points you think are important to point out would be greatly appreciated. Also fyi, I do not use flash, yet..If that makes a difference, I don’t know. I figured out everything else just this part stumps me.
First of all if you are shooting brackets you should turn AutoFocus off because you want to make sure focus stays exactly the same for all frames of the bracket sequence. A change in focus between frames would cause softening in the edges of the final image.
In general, what many real estate photographers do is turn Autofocus to manual and set the focus to the hyperfocal distance. The hyperfocal distance is defined as the focus distance which places the furthest edge of a depth of field at infinity. With wide-angle lenses set f/5.6 and smaller apertures and focus set to the hyperfocal distance everything from a meter or two to infinity will be in focus.
Even if you choose to work with autofocus on because you will be using a wide-angle lens at relatively small apertures everything in the image will almost always be in focus.
Anyone else have any advice for Diana?